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'Herp-spotting': Crowdsourced Science With Reptiles And Amphibians

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Crowdsourcing is all the rage on the web these days – people coming together to contribute money or knowledge to projects or initiatives they care about.

Well, biologists were crowdsourcing before crowdsourcing was cool. Citizen science projects, as they’re called, have been in the works for years in New Hampshire, and with spring underway, there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors while you’re contributing to the body of scientific knowledge, including the New Hampshire Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program. It's informally known as "herp-spotting," the "herp" referring to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians.

David Brooks writes the weekly GraniteGeek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and He's also involved in a number of citizen science projects, and he tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the many projects underway in the state this year.

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